- China landed what it said was a civilian aircraft on an artificial island it has constructed in the South China Sea to test a runway.
Vietnam accused China of violating its sovereignty through its actions on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands.
China responded by saying it has 'indisputable sovereignty' over the islands and their surrounding waters. *
In April, satellite imagery published by IHS showed the beginning of construction on a runway on Fiery Cross Reef by China. +